From the Back Cover
On 13th June, 1873 British forces bombarded Elmina Town and destroyed it. It was never rebuilt.
Later that same year, using seaborne artillery, the British flattened ten coastal villages, including Axim, Takoradi and Sekondi.
On 6 February, 1874, after looting the Asantehene’s palace in Kumase, British troops blew up the stone building and set the city on fire, razing it to the ground.
15-year old Kofi Gyan witnesses these events and records them in his diary. This novel, first published soon after the 140th anniversary of the sack of Kumase, tells his story.
Ghanaian/South Africa author Manu Herbstein has written four novels, including Ama, a Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade, which won the 2002 Commonwealth Writers Prize for the Best First Book.
THE FRONT COVER FEATURES AN IMAGE OF A SOLID GOLD MASK LOOTED FROM THE PALACE OF THE ASANTEHENE. THE MASK NOW RESIDES IN THE WALLACE COLLECTION IN LONDON.